Golden hires Jared Yannacito as new head football coach

After a 1-9 season in 2016, Golden will turn to new coach Jared Yannacito to help revitalize the Demons' football program. (Dennis Pleuss/Jeffco Athletics)

After a 1-9 season in 2016, Golden will turn to new coach Jared Yannacito to help revitalize the Demons' football program. (Dennis Pleuss/Jeffco Athletics)

GOLDEN — Golden High School announced Thursday it has hired Jared Yannacito as its new head football coach.

“I have had my eye on the Golden job for many reasons. I taught there for one year, four years ago and felt a strong sense of community,” Yannacito said. “I have also always been intrigued to work with the underdog. This is a program that has struggled the past couple of years and I plan to put as much time and energy as it takes to help this team.

“This will be a great opportunity to turn this program around and I want the players, students, teachers, administration and community to be proud of Golden football again.”

Jared Yannacito, left, has been hired as Golden's new head football coach. (photo provided)

Jared Yannacito, left, has been hired as Golden's new head football coach. (Courtesy photo)

Yannacito is a 2005 graduate of Pomona High School in Arvada. During his junior year in 2003, Yannacito helped the Panthers to an 11-1 record rushing for more than 1,000 yards. A torn ACL in his knee before the season opener his senior year kept him off the field in 2004.

“It was an injury that devastated me, but it has helped make me the coach I am today,” Yannacito said. “I teach my athletes how important it is to do everything to the best of your ability because the next day of practice is not guaranteed.”

He has been an assistant football coach for Pomona for seven seasons and was part of the coaching staff that helped Pomona to back-to-back Class 5A state runner-up in 2015 and 2016.

“I would like to bring the blueprint of success of Pomona 14 miles up the road to Golden,” Yannacito said. “Our philosophies is going to start with fundamentals. From the weight room, to the field, we will be perfect on the things that take no talent. Along with that we are going to have relentless effort in everything we do.”

Yannacito is also the sprint coach for Pomona’s boys track team that won the 5A state team title in 2016.

Yannacito gave a lot of credit to Pomona coach Jay Madden, the Class 5A football coach of the year, in preparing and giving him the experience to take on a head coaching position.

“We are extremely excited to have the ideals and energy that Coach Yannacito will be bringing and feel he will revitalize the program,” Golden’s athletic director JC Summers said.

Golden hasn’t had a winning season since 2009 when then coach John Roberts guided the Demons to a 7-3 record behind quarterback Ryan Stokes.

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